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Can I eat chocolate while breastfeeding?

Can I eat chocolate while breastfeeding?

Yes: You should give it a try. It may cause fussiness and/ or gassiness in your baby but everyone is different. Dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate. It's full of antioxidants that help prevent cancer and heart disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Can I eat spicy foods while breastfeeding?

Can I eat spicy foods while breastfeeding?

Yes: There is no danger from eating spicy foods, however if your baby seems fussy or gassy after those meals, you may have to eliminate or minimize those foods in your diet. ...Read more

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Can I eat nuts while breastfeeding?

Can I eat nuts while breastfeeding?

No: You can literally eat or drink anything (except alcohol) without concerns. Breast feeding moms have no restrictions on diet. ...Read more

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Can I eat sushi while breastfeeding?

Can I eat sushi while breastfeeding?

Yes: Sushi can be wonderful, healthful food during nursing. 3 health risks to know about 1) mercury. Some large fish, such as bluefin tuna can have high levels of mercury. You may want to minimize these choices. 2) parasites. Very rare in us. (<40 cases per year, mostly raw salmon or mackerel). Freezing, smoking, vinegar drops risk. 3) pufferfish. Fugu has potent poison if not prepared right. Why risk? ...Read more

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Can you eat cinnamon while pregnant?

Can you eat cinnamon while pregnant?

Cinnamon: Cinnamon when used as a food is considered safe in pregnancy & may be helpful with gestational diabetes. However high doses of cinnamon supplements have not been evaluated with pregnancy – so this is discouraged unless specifically recommended by your physician. ...Read more

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Which foods should I avoid while breastfeeding?

Which foods should I avoid while breastfeeding?

Allergenic foods: All over the world, women breastfeed their babies just fine. These women have very different diets from one another, yet as long as they eat balanced diets with a good variety of foods, they should do well with their breastfeeding. A breastfeeding mom may avoid a food that she is allergic to, or that she suspects is causing a change in a baby's behavior; and should discuss this with the doctor. ...Read more

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Can you eat tuna while pregnant?

Can you eat tuna while pregnant?

In moderation: It's ok to eat tuna in pregnancy in moderation. It should be fully cooked, not raw. You should only eat one to two servings of seafood a week because seafood has mercury in it. Seafood also has a lot of great nutrients for a developing baby so if you enjoy it, just do it in moderation. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat spicy foods while breastfeeding?

Is it ok to eat spicy foods while breastfeeding?

Sure: Mothers in all cultures eat the food native to their countries. I don't think those in mexico, greece, or thailand are eliminating anything from their diet. We know what a mom eats during breastfeeding flavors her milk to help the baby become accustomed to their native food. Some children can be fussy after certain foods, but mom's diet is blamed too much for a baby's fussiness. ...Read more

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What foods to not eat while pregnant?

What foods to not eat while pregnant?

Check FDA webpage: This link to the fda's website about food safety in pregnancy summarizes how to avoid listeria, mercury and toxoplasma: http://www.Fda.Gov/food/foodborneillnesscontaminants/peopleatrisk/ucm081819.Htm. ...Read more

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Can you eat chocolate during pregnancy?

Can you eat chocolate during pregnancy?

Of course!: Just do not carry it to excess (as with all things!). There is some caffeine / stimulant properties in it, but usually this is not a factor in reasonable serving sizes. Ask your OB if any specific concerns. ...Read more

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Will certain foods I eat while i'm breastfeeding cause my baby to get gas?

Will certain foods I eat while i'm breastfeeding cause my baby to get gas?

Yes: Some foods in a mother's diet seem to be linked with increased fussiness or gas in their babies. Some culprits seem to be dairy, brussel sprouts, legumes and ither cruciferous veggies. The only way to see if this makes a difference in your baby is to try cutting one or more of these foods out of your diet and observing anh changes in your baby. ...Read more

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Can I drink diet drinks while pregnant?

Can I drink diet drinks while pregnant?

Milk, water are best: The first rule is to eat healthy foods. The second is to avoid foods that can cause harm. Carbonated diet beverages add no nutrient value, replace liquids from healthful drinks, and damage the teeth according to dentists. Avoiding them in pregnancy and if breastfeeding might help women and their families avoid them later also. ...Read more

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Can you eat breakfast sausage while pregnant?

Can you eat breakfast sausage while pregnant?

Yes: if you have a craving for breakfast sausages you can eat it. There is absolutely no harm. ...Read more